Charter Schools: Authorizing Board Nominations Complete

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves has announced his three nominees for the Public Charter School Authorizing Board.  With these nominations, all seven seats on Mississippi’s lone charter school authorizer have been filled, pending Senate approval.  Other nominations were made by Governor Bryant (3 nominations) and State…

Charter Schools: How Bills Become Laws…and Zombies

As many of you know, several weeks ago, the House let its version of charter legislation (HB888) die on the calendar. SB2401, the Senate’s charter bill which was substantially similar to HB888, was defeated in the House Ed Committee last week by a vote of…

Charter School Policy Update (3/23/12)

A great deal of activity has taken place on the charter school issue here in the Magnolia State.  Below is a brief rundown of what’s been going on: Legislation HB888, the House version of the “Mississippi Public Charter School Act of 2012,” is officially dead….

Common Concerns About Charter Schools

Mississippi’s charter school debate, which has been very contentious for several years, has recently intensified due to the increased likelihood that a more robust charter bill will soon become law.  The debate is deeply rooted in differences surrounding education policy and generations of racial and…

The Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act

Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison has officially introduced SB 2401, the Mississippi Public Charter School Act of 2012.  Although other legislators have introduced charter legislation during this session, it is near certain that this bill will be the one that will work its way through…